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E. William Tucker
William Tucker 
May 14, 1999
Age 38
Suicide
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          Ministry Sideman William Tucker Commits Suicide

                                        Longtime Ministry 
                                        sideman and prolific 
                                        industrial guitarist E. 
                                        William Tucker killed 
                                        himself at his 
                                        apartment in Chicago 
                                        this past Friday (May 
                                        14). He was 38. Initial 
                                        reports indicate that he 
                                        had taken pills and 
                     afterwards slit his own throat. His body was 
                     discovered by his roommate, along with a 
                     10-page suicide note, which has not been 
                     made public at this time.  

                     Many around Tucker speculate that he may 
                     have been looking to escape from the pain of 
                     an unknown illness that had hounded him for 
                     the past few years. Dannie Fleisher of 
                     WaxTrax! Records is currently planning a 
                     memorial in his name.  

                     Known primarily for his session work for Al 
                     Jourgensen and Ministry, Tucker had enjoyed 
                     a long and fruitful career on his own. Growing 
                     up in New Jersey, Tucker formed Regressive 
                     Aid with future Rollins Band members Andrew 
                     Weiss and Sim Cain, a brilliant progressive 
                     rock/funk group that still retains a loyal 
                     fanbase. He gave guitar lessons in the area, 
                     most notably to Mickey Melchiondio, aka Dean 
                     Ween of Ween. In an interview, Aaron 
                     Freeman, aka Gene Ween, declared that 
                     Tucker taught Mickey "everything he knew 
                     about the guitar, as bad as it could sound and 
                     as good as it could sound."  

                     Enjoying a local hit with "(I Love) The Sound 
                     of Machines" under the name the Swinging 
                     Pistons, he caught the attention of 
                     Jourgensen, who invited Tucker to play guitar 
                     on The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste. 
                     Tucker moved to Chicago, and toured at 
                     points with the Revolting Cocks and My Life 
                     With The Thrill Kill Kult.  

                     Collaborating with Revolting Cocks vocalist 
                     Chris Connelly, Tucker revealed a softer side 
                     of himself on recordings released under 
                     Connelly's name. He was scheduled to tour 
                     with Ministry for their upcoming album, The 
                     Dark Side of the Spoon, at the time of his 
                     death.  

                                             -- Justin Hampton

 
 
 
       
 

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